Netbooks – the small and cheap laptop computers based on mobile chips such as Intel’s Atom processor – are all over the Consumer Electronics Show.
Especially in the remote booths where Chinese and Taiwanese manufacturers are offering a rainbow of netbooks. Bestlink of Shenzhen City, China, is offering these at wholesale prices starting around $140 for Linux systems and $150 for those with Windows CE. Systems with Windows XP are wholesaling for around $200:
At the other end of the spectrum is Sony’s show darling, the lovely Vaio netbook. It starts at $899 with Vista, a 60 gigabyte hard-drive and build in 3G wireless modem (Verizon service costs extra …):
Intel’s pushing netbooks for education and developing countries, including this convertible tablet with stylus and touch input:
Also cool is this research project being demonstrated by Intel. It’s an application that wirelessly links the displays of multiple portable computers, so you can arrange them to form a bigger, multi-panel display: